At least 30% of antibiotics prescribed in the out patient setting are unnecessary3
While antibiotics have saved countless lives worldwide, their overuse in unsuitable cases has led to increasing antimicrobial resistance. By the year 2050, it is predicted that antimicrobial resistance will be responsible for 10 million annual deaths worldwide.3 In order to prevent the spread of antimicrobial resistant bacteria, a significant decrease in antibiotic use in wound care is needed.4 To be truly effective against antimicrobial resistance, action must be taken at every level of wound care, from wound specialists to wound nurses.
Infections caused by antibiotic resistant bacteria are harder to treat and lead to higher medical costs, prolonged hospital stays, and increased mortality. By controlling the microbes, infections can be prevented and thus reduce the need for antibiotics.5